The Cockeyed Optimist

Writer at heart, subeditor by profession, procrastinator at large.
Looking at the world, one eye at a time.

black-australia:

RECOGNISE THIS is the youth-led movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and remove racial discrimination from the Australian Constitution. 

Young Yolngu woman Budat Mununggurr is urging all young Australians to get involved in this important moment for our country.

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What was the meanest prank Chris ever played on you? 
Scott: Like I said before, there’s literally a million, but as a little brother I was like ‘that’s amazing.’ We were outside one time, playing outside, no toys, nothing, just imaginary games - and we both had to go to the bathroom. And he said to me, ‘
Well, we don’t wanna go inside (obviously), it takes up too much time, why don’t we just.. go right now, like, in our pants.’ And I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ And of course he could’ve said anything and I would’ve been like ‘that sounds awesome.’”

This video is made even better because Scott is great at telling stories (adore him) and Chris’s utter GLEE.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjrMwsrERpc

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After a long and painfully uncomedic “role call” of various national backgrounds and obscurely personal questions asked of audience members (“What is your full name? Are both of your parents Muslim?”), [Ahmed Ahmed] prompted the audience to ask him questions. When an audience member asked, “Are all of your jokes based on ethnicity? Because that’s not funny,” he got visibly irritated and questioned the questioner’s knowledge of comedy.

Visibly aggravated that his offensive jokes were not well-received, he made a scene and concluded by telling the audience, which largely consisted of underage, Muslim middle school and high school students, “Y’all need to get laid.”

When organizers and leadership took him to the side to talk to him, he continued to feel entitled to finish his performance, shouting at the audience, “This is why Americans have problems with Muslims.”

Clearly, Ahmed not being given the opportunity to tell kids to get laid is not the reason why Americans have problems with Muslims (if we even accept that dichotomy to be real). Islamophobia has deeper roots but perhaps realities of imperialism, racism, proxy wars, racialized Other-ing, blatant Islamophobia, and military occupations have escaped a man who has elsewhere joked about how “all Muslims do is blow shit up,” and other thinly veiled racist and Islamophobic tropes that were passed under the guise of the second-rate attempt at comedy we saw that evening. Ahmed’s brand of “humor” is part of a long line of subpar comedy that only gets exposure because it makes non-Muslims feel comfortable and cozy when they laugh at Islamophobic jokes like, “all Muslims do is blow shit up”. Beyond jokes that make tropes out of identities, this line of comedy has little going for itself.

awkwardsituationist:

to mark world theatre day, held on march 27, one hundred young syrians from jordan’s zaatari refugee camp acted in an adapted production of king lear. the play — which tells a story of exile, of a ruler losing touch with reality, and of a land divided by rival groups — was directed was nawar bulbul (third photo), a popular syrian actor who fled his country after appearing in anti government protests.

"i wanted to show that these children are not worthless …that they have something real to contribute." he said. “the show is meant to bring back laughter, joy and humanity” and "help [the children] express themselves." the kids — all under the age of fifteen — were actively involved in the costuming, for example.

many of the children cried when they heard the applause of onlookers at the play’s end. said one child, “i do not feel lonely any more in this place.” their parents described the project as a rare point of light in a bleak camp existence. after the show, they boasted of their children’s talent.

the production, months in the planning, was also meant to help counteract the effects of a war that has caused young syrians to miss vital years of education. about 60,000 of the refugees at the zaatari camp are younger than eighteen, and fewer than a quarter regularly attend school. many fear the war is creating a lost generation of children.

photos are by warrick page for the new york times and jared kohler for unhcr. for more on syria’s refugee crisis, see #withsyria, care international, oxfam syria crisis appeal, human care syria and free syrian voices

(it’s interesting to note that shakespeare actually mentions the city of aleppo in mabeth, which serves as a reminder that syria is one of our oldest centers of civilization.)

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fukkuniall:

Au Meme: Five socially awkward teenagers become the biggest boyband in the world and take over your entire life.

Oh shit, wait.

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thelibrarina:

thelibrarina:

You guys.
Steve Rogers doesn’t know about Luke’s dad.
…What did that Avengers Tower movie night look like?

"Okay, I’ve got historical events and music so far. What movies do I need to see?" Steve asks, breaking out his notebook.
“Some Like It Hot,” Bruce says immediately.
“Robin Hood,” Clint puts in, to no one’s surprise.
Steve smiles. “Errol Flynn?”
“Men in Tights.”
"…Okay."
Natasha looks up from where she’s curled in an armchair. “The Sound of Music?”
Clint snorts. “I think he might object to the singing Nazis, Nat.”
Steve just raises an eyebrow. “Singing Nazis?” That one goes on the list.
"Ooh, in that case, Pearl Harbor,” Tony says.
A chorus of groans and protests meet his statement.
"What? I kind of want to see his head explode."
Steve does not put that one on the list. “Anything else?”
“Star Wars,” Darcy says, without looking up from her phone.
The room goes silent. Everyone stops and stares at her like they’ve forgotten she stuck around after Jane went back to New Mexico. Which they probably have.
"What?"
"Darce, you’re a genius,” Clint breathes.
Bruce actually smiles. “We are in the presence of the last unspoiled adult in the entire country.”
Tony’s eyes light up. “Oh my god, he doesn’t know that Vader is—”
Natasha has him in a choke-hold before anyone realizes she’s moving. “Not another syllable.”
Tony raises his hands in surrender, and Natasha loosens her hold. “What the hell was that about?” he wheezes.
She nods towards Bruce, who is looking somewhat green around the gills.
"Spoilers make him angry."

thelibrarina:

thelibrarina:

You guys.

Steve Rogers doesn’t know about Luke’s dad.

…What did that Avengers Tower movie night look like?

"Okay, I’ve got historical events and music so far. What movies do I need to see?" Steve asks, breaking out his notebook.

Some Like It Hot,” Bruce says immediately.

Robin Hood,” Clint puts in, to no one’s surprise.

Steve smiles. “Errol Flynn?”

Men in Tights.”

"…Okay."

Natasha looks up from where she’s curled in an armchair. “The Sound of Music?”

Clint snorts. “I think he might object to the singing Nazis, Nat.”

Steve just raises an eyebrow. “Singing Nazis?” That one goes on the list.

"Ooh, in that case, Pearl Harbor,” Tony says.

A chorus of groans and protests meet his statement.

"What? I kind of want to see his head explode."

Steve does not put that one on the list. “Anything else?”

Star Wars,” Darcy says, without looking up from her phone.

The room goes silent. Everyone stops and stares at her like they’ve forgotten she stuck around after Jane went back to New Mexico. Which they probably have.

"What?"

"Darce, you’re a genius,” Clint breathes.

Bruce actually smiles. “We are in the presence of the last unspoiled adult in the entire country.”

Tony’s eyes light up. “Oh my god, he doesn’t know that Vader is—”

Natasha has him in a choke-hold before anyone realizes she’s moving. “Not another syllable.”

Tony raises his hands in surrender, and Natasha loosens her hold. “What the hell was that about?” he wheezes.

She nods towards Bruce, who is looking somewhat green around the gills.

"Spoilers make him angry."

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